Massimo Fedeli – ISTAT – Digitalizing National Census For Millions of Italians

In the 2 years as CIO of ISTAT (Italian National Institute of Statistics) Massimo Fedeli has led a transformation program which enabled fully digitalized census of about 1.4M Italian citizens – annually instead of every 10 years. The New Digital Census has eliminated over 125,000 tons of paper and saved the ISTAT tens of millions of Euro.

During his career, Massimo Fedeli has been in charge of developing the information system of the Treasury Department and the State Accounting Department at Consip, and previously Head of the Office in charge of developing the tools to support the production cycle at SOGEI. He was a senior consultant in the area of strategic planning and consultancy for Tecsiel, on whose behalf he carried out projects at many large Public Administrations and Banks.

In this episode of Leadership Deep Dive, he talks with Hendrik Deckers about leading such a large scale project, the digital transformation at this traditional, yet data-driven public institution and about bridging the digital divide.


00:42 Introduction: Massimo Fedeli, CIO of ISTAT (Italian National Institute of Statistics)
01:49 Bringing digital competencies into a traditional government organization
03:22 Transformation initiatives at ISTAT in the last few years
07:10 How IT is organized at ISTAT
07:50 Massimo’s role as CIO
11:20 Massimo’s management and leadership style
15:15 Massimo’s MBTI profile: ENFJ
20:10 His personal values
23:15 Massimo’s most brilliant failure
25:46 Advice for future digital leaders – specialize


Massimo Fedeli is a finalist in the European Digital Leader Of The Year contest organised annually by CIONET. Find out the B2B and B2C winners and learn more about the other 16 finalists in the Public and Financial sectors – the winners in the Public and Finance sectors will be announced at CIONEXT on 26th June 2020.

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